Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) has a rare opening on our small, dynamic team. We are currently looking for a full-time Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy. The Manager of Public Policy & Advocacy will help SPARC pursue its policy priorities, serve its members, and grow as an organization. SPARC is a project of New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) and offers a comprehensive benefits package. It has seven full-time staff members, two part-time staff members, and about a dozen contractors.
SPARC is a global coalition of over 240 academic and research libraries committed to making “open” the default in research and education. Our mission is built on open as an enabling strategy in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on public research and education investments for the betterment of society. Central to our program areas of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data is the belief that information should be shared in an equitable and accessible way. As a catalyst for action, SPARC advocates for policies at the local, national, and international level that promote openness in research and education.
Over the past 15 years, SPARC has been successful in advancing our mission by obtaining an Executive Memorandum, passing legislation through the authorizing and appropriations process, and working with federal agencies to develop positive policies.
Location: Due to the pandemic initially this will be a virtual position. Once the government, local health officials, and New Venture Fund have determined employees may return to their physical work sites it is preferable this role be located in the Washington, DC area or willing to travel there on a regular basis.
Hours per week (average): 40 hours, generally available 9am-5pm Eastern Time. Some early morning, evening, and weekend hours may be necessary.
Overtime Status: Exempt
Compensation Range: $90,000-$110,000 depending on experience plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, a 3% employer match on 401(k) contributions, pre-tax Metro benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick and volunteer time off.
Responsibilities and Tasks:
Assist the Executive Director in the development of SPARC’s policy goals and priorities, and lead SPARC’s implementation of federal advocacy with Congress and the Executive Branch. This will include:
- Monitor and report on legislative and regulatory activities related to SPARC’s policy priorities.
- Track the development of relevant international, federal, and state policy to identify trends or future problems.
- Provide in-depth analysis of regulations, guidance, and legislation (existing and proposed) as it affects SPARC’s priorities.
- Draft clear compelling materials for policymakers, SPARC members, and the public, including reports, fact sheets, FAQs, talking points, memorandums, and public comments.
- Represent SPARC in meetings with policymakers and staff (in Congress, Executive branch, etc.) and provide regular feedback to SPARC leadership.
- Represent SPARC in relevant coalitions, and develop and maintain partnerships with key collaborative organizations.
- Oversee policy advocacy engagement with the SPARC membership, coalition partners, and the broader open community.
- As a member of the management team, provide vital input for short- and long-term strategic and operational planning within the organization specific to the policy agenda.
Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
- 5+ years professional experience working in a bipartisan manner on federal policy advocacy with Congress and/or the Executive Branch.
- Clear, persuasive, and effective written and oral communication skills, including the ability to briefly summarize complex technical issues to focus quickly on the essence of an issue.
- Active and attentive observation skills, with the ability to persuade others, internally and externally, to gain support and commitment for project strategies.
- Experience providing high quality and time sensitive policy analysis for a variety of audiences.
- Experience supporting or leading advocacy coalitions, and planning and executing advocacy campaigns.
- Demonstrated track record of setting and meeting timelines for individual and group work.
- Familiarity with most of the following issue areas: open access, open data, open education, open science, scientific/scholarly communication, data analytics.
- Excellent computer skills, specifically with Google Suite tools (including Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides), and/or Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), and a familiarity with CRMs.
Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability
- Demonstrated ability to think strategically and creatively, adjust to changing circumstances, remain attentive to details, and exercise sound judgment in problem-solving.
- Strong interpersonal skills; able to develop and manage productive relationships with consultants, partners and others.
- No specific degree is required, although some education, training, or experience in law, public policy, public administration, or related fields is preferred.
- Knowledge and passion for any or all of the following issue areas: open access, open data, open education, open science, scientific/scholarly communication, data analytics.
- Experience in the higher education sector, scholarly publishing, and the academic research process.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
- Excited to operate collaboratively in a fast-paced, virtual environment, remaining flexible and good humored.
How to Apply
- Complete the SPARC Online Questionnaire that can be found at https://sparcopen.org/who-we-are/careers/
The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition is a project of New Venture Fund (NVF), a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. NVF is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. NVF’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.
Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $90,000.00 – $110,000.00 per year
- 401(k) matching
- Dental insurance
- Disability insurance
- Flexible schedule
- Flexible spending account
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Parental leave
- Professional development assistance
- Retirement plan
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- Day shift
- Monday to Friday
Due to the pandemic initially this will be a virtual position. Once the government, local health officials, and New Venture Fund have determined employees may return to their physical work sites it is preferable this role be located in the Washington, DC
- Temporarily due to COVID-19
Job posted: 2020-10-30